Two Days in Anderson County

Welcome to Anderson County! We’re so glad to have you. Anderson has so much to offer, from the first legal moonshine distillery in the state to educational beacons like Anderson University and Clemson University. We’re also home to famous Lake Hartwell, where world-class anglers fish for massive largemouth bass.

If you’re here for just a few days, we have the perfect two-day itinerary for you. Let’s get started!

Day 1

Arrive in downtown Anderson and make your first stop the Anderson Arts Center. It offers a large area for bus parking and plenty of restrooms for the weary roadtripper to use. In the same building, you’ll also find the Anderson Farmer’s Market in warmer months – and of course, it’s also Visit Anderson’s home base!

Then, take a walk down Main Street. Make sure your first stop is at CocoBon Chocolatier. Whether you’re planning to channel Willy Wonka and create your own confections, or you simply want to sample what the experts have on offer, you can do it here.

It may seem backwards to have dessert before a meal, but we know you’ll find plenty of room for this delectable Southern-style luncheon. Sit down for some good eats at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill, which has been featured in Southern Living magazine for its exemplary fine-dining experience.

With your belly full, head on over to Palmetto Distillery, the first legal moonshine distiller in the state. You can schedule a tour of their facilities, taste their hand-crafted offerings, or scoop up some ‘jugs’ of ‘shine to go! Did you know they produce musician Darius Rucker’s Backstage Whiskey? You’re drinking like the stars are, now!

Nearby, you’ll see the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. If they’re open, ask for a tour! Otherwise, take a self-guided walking tour around historic downtown Anderson. You’ll find historic plaques and statues, plus modern art installations, everywhere you look! There are lots of art trails around downtown Anderson, so keep an eye out for small statues of Carolina wrens or larger-than-life painted bass fish.

Day 2

Now that you’ve had a taste of downtown Anderson, we’ll hit the road today to see more of Anderson County’s beautiful offerings. Make sure you grab breakfast at your hotel because we have a full day ahead!

First, swing by Split Creek Farm. Their award-winning goat cheese is the most amazing cheese you’ve ever had, plus they offer a variety of other products made from goat’s milk, including fudge and yogurt.

Then, head down the road to Woodburn Historic House. This stately mansion was once used as a vacation home by wealthy Charleston residents, and it is now a historic site. Built around 1830, this house has seen centuries of Anderson County history. You can admire the house from the outside or schedule a tour to see its well-preserved interior.

Are you getting hungry yet? Visit the Smokin’ Pig barbecue restaurant in Pendleton. They’re only open Thursdays through Saturdays – the rest of the week is dedicated to smoking their delicious meats! Play some cornhole or other yard games and sip on a local beer while you wait for a table: it’s always packed for folks looking for a taste of mouth-watering BBQ.

Next, drive a little ways up the road to Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Arena. This multi-use complex offers an expo center, RV parking, and a variety of activities. You may get lucky and encounter a rodeo, cattle auction, or horse show.

Your next stop is Old Stone Church, one of the oldest churches in the Upstate. Its beautiful exterior gives no sign of its age, and it is surrounded by a serene churchyard. Take a moment to walk among the gravestones and commemorate the generations of Upstate residents buried here.

Lastly, stop by The Market at Walker Century Farms to get some more home-grown products to take home with you. They have a variety of fresh, in-season produce, meats, and more! Pack them up with your cheese from Split Creek Farm and you’ll have all the ingredients for a delicious meal to remember your trip by.

We can’t wait to see you back in Anderson County next time!

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